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Laser Makes Microscopes Far More Sensitive

Laser Makes Microscopes Far More Sensitive

Laser physicists have found a way to make atomic-force microscope probes 20 times more sensitive and capable of detecting forces as small as the weight of an individual virus.   The technique, developed by researchers at The Australian National University (ANU), hinges on using laser beams to cool a nanowire probe to minus 265 degrees [...]

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Vision-Correcting Displays: No Glasses Needed

Vision-Correcting Displays: No Glasses Needed

What if computer screens had glasses instead of the people staring at the monitors? That concept is not too far afield from technology being developed by UC Berkeley computer and vision scientists.   The researchers are developing computer algorithms to compensate for an individual’s visual impairment, and creating vision-correcting displays that enable users to see [...]

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A Transistor-Like Amplifier for Single Photons

A Transistor-Like Amplifier for Single Photons

Data transmission over long distances usually utilizes optical techniques via glass fibres — this ensures high speed transmission combined with low power dissipation of the signal. For quite some years possibilities have been explored how to go one step further and perform all-optical data processing, with optical transistors and optical logic gates. In particular in [...]

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Hunt for ET Life Gets Big Methane Boost

Hunt for ET Life Gets Big Methane Boost

A powerful new model to detect life on planets outside of our solar system, more accurately than ever before, has been developed by UCL (University College London) researchers.   The new model focuses on methane, the simplest organic molecule, widely acknowledged to be a sign of potential life. Researchers from UCL and the University of [...]

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New Laser Sensing Technology for Self-Driving Cars, Smartphones and 3-D Video Games

New Laser Sensing Technology for Self-Driving Cars, Smartphones and 3-D Video Games

A new twist on 3-D imaging technology could one day enable your self-driving car to spot a child in the street half a block away, let you answer your Smartphone from across the room with a wave of your hand, or play “virtual tennis” on your driveway.   The new system, developed by researchers at [...]

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Improving Optical Communications With New Device

Improving Optical Communications With New Device

Modulators are key components within optical fiber networks and serve to transfer information from an electrical current to a signal suitable for optical fibers. They function by turning a light beam on and off quickly and the faster they can do this, the more data that can be transmitted.   An increase in data traffic [...]

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Controlling Brain Waves to Improve Vision

Controlling Brain Waves to Improve Vision

Have you ever accidentally missed a red light or a stop sign? Or have you heard someone mention a visible event that you passed by but totally missed seeing?   “When we have different things competing for our attention, we can only be aware of so much of what we see,” said Kyle Mathewson, Beckman [...]

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Optical Tweezers Split Ultracold Atom Clouds

Optical Tweezers Split Ultracold Atom Clouds

Physicists at New Zealand’s University of Otago have pushed the frontiers of quantum technology by developing a steerable ‘optical tweezers’ unit that uses intense laser beams to precisely split minute clouds of ultracold atoms and to smash them together.   The Otago researchers’ feat is set to enhance efforts to understand the mysterious ways that [...]

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New Energy Technologies: Rainbow-Catching

New Energy Technologies: Rainbow-Catching

By slowing and absorbing certain wavelengths of light, engineers open new possibilities in solar power, thermal energy recycling and stealth technology   More efficient photovoltaic cells. Improved radar and stealth technology. A new way to recycle waste heat generated by machines into energy. All may be possible due to breakthrough photonics research at the University [...]

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Thinnest LEDs Stronger, More Energy Efficient

Thinnest LEDs Stronger, More Energy Efficient

Most modern electronics, from flat-screen TVs and smartphones to wearable technologies and computer monitors, use tiny light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. These LEDs are based off of semiconductors that emit light with the movement of electrons. As devices get smaller and faster, there is more demand for such semiconductors that are tinier, stronger and more energy [...]

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